Originally published on July 15, 2013.
The 10th Annual PA Chapter Cure SMA Walk-n-Roll, held May 19, 2013 at Lloyd Hall Recreation Center in Philadelphia, PA was a tremendous success!
Over 800 “walkers and rollers” turned out for a beautiful day of family fun. Seventeen teams contributed to the success of this year’s walk with their incredible fundraising efforts. In total, this year’s event raised almost $100,000! The fun filled day included entertainment provided by fire throwers, adaptive games, and the chance to connect with other SMA families.
Because of the PA Chapter’s commitment to raising funds for our SMA research and family support programs, we are making tremendous strides toward achieving our vision of a world where SMA is treatable and curable. Thanks to the funding of this Walk-n-Roll over the past ten years, we’re now funding 15 drug development programs within our pipeline, three of which are currently in clinical trials. Thank you again to all of our amazing SMA families, participants and donors for helping make this possible.
Special thanks to our dedicated sponsors: BAYADA Home Health Care, Quest Diagnostics, PRO2 Respiratory Services, Pennrose, Urban Outfitters Inc., DEVCO, ELAP Services, SMART, CohnReznick LLP, Land Services USA, EHS Environmental Inc., Berman, Indicator & Poppel LLP, National Guild of Professional Paperhangers, Inc., Al Smith Painting & Decorating LLC, Innova, LexisNexis, United Healthcare, Kitchen & Associates, The Marketing Directors, WRT, VCI Mobility, Atlantic Coast Orthopaedics, Lawall, Orthologix, Duane Morris, and Man’s Alternative.
A grateful shout out goes to our in-kind donors who help to make the day so special: Walter Perez from Channel 6 ABC News, Susan Pardys Photography, MicDuff Photography, Chuck Adams Photography, Staples, and TAG DJs.
Thank you to Karen McRory-Negrin, Allyson Henkel, Tara Maida, and Paula Saxton for all of their hard work in planning this event year after year! Special thanks to former Chapter Treasurers Connie Smith and Josephine Tripodi for playing key roles in this event for eight years.